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$3.4 Billion for Smart Grid Projects? Let’s Make a Broadband Deal!

Yesterday, the Feds awarded $3.4 billion to 100 smart grid projects across the U.S. There were about 400 total proposals. Since these are 50-50 matching grants, that means total dollars being queued up by these entities for smart grids is quite substantial. For public and private sector organizations seeking broadband ARRA grants or planning to […]

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NTIA Awards First Four Grants for Broadband Mapping



I was almost too giddy to speak. The first four stimulus grant awards for broadband mapping were announced yesterday for the states of California, Indiana, N. Carolina and Vermont. If a majority of the remaining states that receive grants employ similar mapping procedures of these four, NTIA and taxpayers stand to get plenty of bang […]

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“Incumbents Do Not Have a Veto!”

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With those words, Asst. Sec Lawrence Strickling, head of NTIA, enables many applicants and others worried about the NOFA’s incumbent challenge clause breathe a little easier. And for those of us who’ve railed against this potentially destructive clause , there is also a bit of satisfaction for not giving up the fight. Mr. Strickling and […]

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Monday Morning To-do List



I know, this is probably a really bad time to talk about the work that comes next in the broadband dash for dollars. But there are a bunch of folks sitting on the sidelines waiting for the Round 2 funding cycle, watching people’s submission trials this week with Round 1, and maybe contemplating just going […]

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The Smart Path to Broadband Mapping

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I often address the serious need for a broadband mapping strategy that doesn’t involve Connected Nation. Today I lay out one strategy for getting better maps faster, and for a much more reasonable cost than the alternative.  Here’s why mapping is critical to underserved communities’ ability to get broadband, and why poor mapping threatens to […]

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Network Sustainability. Sustainable Broadband Adoption. Two Sides of the Same Coin.

I delivered a presentation and facilitated a workshop on broadband adoption in northern California yesterday. Far away from the Bay Area – and reliable broadband. Imagine the irony of giving a presentation on broadband in a location where you don’t have access to it. Or is that empathy? I feel your pain.  Lots of folks […]

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We Should Demand a 30-day Extension on NOFA Deadline

I wrote a sanity-check blog post over at Muniwireless.com with some tips on dealing with this insanely tight window for submitting grant proposals. One voice of sanity, Bill Price, left this simple question: “Why has no one filed for a ‘stay of execution’ and requested an extension of the August 14th deadline?” Hmmm.  Update! It […]

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We Got the NOFA. Now Let’s Move Broadband Forward!

It’s time to move this broadband ball forward!  In my analyst role, I could ponder the winners and losers of the NOFA (broadband stimulus grant rules), or summarize 121 (+ 45 pages on broadband mapping grants) in 900 words. But I’ll let others do that. In my role (and day job) as a consultant to […]

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Making Sense of the NOFA Rules (pt 1)

Update Finally, the NOFA’s out (click here). It’s 121 flippin’ pages! Be patient while I grab breakfast and try to sort this bad boy out. I’ll post Part 2 of this NOFA assessment as soon as I can.    This NOFA is more than a tick list of items that grant proposals must contain, or […]

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What We Can Learn From Canada’s Broadband Stimulus

Canada has a federal broadband stimulus program going on as well as the U.S. There are some elements of their broadband effort we in the U.S. should take note of as we get the long awaited rules this week.  Last week I had the honor of chairing the Broadband Strategies for Cities conference in Toronto. […]

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